About this project
)O( IF PUNK IS DEAD...ITS TIME FOR NECROMANCY. )O(
Punks and witches are no longer separate camps, and that fact is getting clearer every day. This reality permeates personal experience, fashion, art, music, and politics. My zines attempt to capture this. very few artists seem to be dealing with this change head on. Up the Witch Punx attempts to change that.
One of the issues the project addresses is how we are for the most part living in a state of zeitlessness. Most political subcultures are non aesthetic (Anonymous and Wikileaks) and most aesthetic subcultures are non-political (vaporwave and seapunk). Witchpunk responds to this by existing on spiritual, aesthetic and political levels.
Some things you can expect to see in my zines: DIY fashion photography, reviews of witchy or random bands, reviews of tarot decks,
comics, poetry, essays such as "Rewilding Witchcraft" by Peter Grey, spells and recipes, discussions of how activism and magick can combine, collage, vignettes on ordeal and transformation, and a lot more.
Here is a permalink which describes in more detail what you can expect to find in my zines if you obtain one.
In the course of my zine making journey I have interviewed a wide variety of artists, such as: Dawn Mcarthy of Faun Fables, the Dreampipe Vermin, Ron English, and Gina Hopkins of Moonstruck Fashion & Illustration, to name a few. Up the Witchpunx is my main focus now. It embraces: collage, fashion photography, poetry, comics, and oral history. Up the Witchpunx is a vital contribution to punk, anarchist, and witchy subcultures, but it needs your help to gain real visibility.
If my zines are given what they need to get out of the realm of obscurity and tiny print counts, they will have a very positive impact on our world. Lets make this dream happen together!
I need your contributions so I can:
1. Deal with the cost of working with a professional printer to produce at least 100 copies of the second (previous) and third (upcoming) issue, with some color pages.
2. making sure that contributors to the recent issue get their own copies of the zine their stuff is in. in other words, postage fees.
3. Get some new art supplies, and a decent heavy-duty stapler.
4. get webdesign help from my friends in Greyfire Design so that upthewitchpunx.com is in good shape and developing properly (+ bandwidth and hosting fees.)
5. other miscellaneous expenses, such as the travel costs of interviews, and sending free promo material to possible vendors or zine sellers in different areas.
"curiouser and curiouser", by Gg Irkalla
...Some further info about Rewards...
backers who pledge in the care package range (20-35+): care packages are made with love and a desire to bless benefactors. The other 2 members of my collective will help me out; you can expect a random assortment of : stenciled patches, embroidery, charms, simple talismans, pretty rocks, mini-zines, dried flowers and other items depending on artistic inspiration and available materials. If there is a particular theme or focus you want us to keep in mind when making your care package, let us know via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
backers who pledge 100 or more: I will make a handmade witchpunk vest. this is kind of like a punk vest in that you can expect things like spikes, studs, and patches. However, band patches are not as frequent as witchy patches or nature oriented patches. Other features you could expect: symbolic embroidery, greyscale beadwork, small wire-wrapped bones, found objects, use of DIY dyes (henna, tumeric, coffee, tea, beet root powder, black walnut powder), and other features depending on inspiration and available materials.
backers who pledge $20 or more: as a bonus, I will send a Beta version of "Streetwitch Genesis" to you by mail when it is completed later this year. Just please let me know you want this bonus when you make your pledge and I will add you to the Beta testers list. Its an odd indie RPG that focuses on some of the same concepts that drive the witchpunk mythos in my zines and art. The games narrative is about a massive anti-magick machine built by a christian theocracy and the chaos that ensues when terrorist witches blow it up. As a favor, I will ask that you send me some feedback about the game.
Some Stretch Goals: Awesome things i can do if you help me exceed my funding goal.
if i exceed my fundraising goal by $200, I can increase the print count of Up the Witch Punx #3 by about 100 copies, making a total circulation of at least 200 copies. This brings more exposure and greater opportunities and visibility for the project. Also, advertisers will feel better about buying ad space if the print circulation is higher.
if i exceed my fundraising goal by $300, I can reprint a back issue of my other zine, "the sun shines underground: the ayahuasca issue" as an added bonus for backers, with a few color pages, as well as make other improvements to the project.
if i exceed my fundraising goal by $500, I can print over 150 copies of Up the Witchpunx #3, 50 percent in color, as well as make 250 additional stickers, improve the website, and commission a highly renowned artist friend to make the cover of the next zine.
if i exceed my fundraising goal by $1000: I can pay my writers for their work, vastly increase the print count of several zines, print all of my zines in full color, get more expensive art supplies, and buy my own copier to cut printing costs, as well as many of the ideas described in the other categories.
if i exceed my fundraising goal by $1500: I could accomplish many of the things described above, such as paying my contributors, though at this level I could pay them a lot more. Also, I can begin to work with more high-profile artists and writers by being able to pay them, as well as afford more high-profile interviews. I could make huge progress with other related projects, such as the Rainbow Switchblade tarot, and Streetwitch: Genesis, a homemade RPG. I would do my best to provide those two items ( once they are finished, later this year) for free or reduced price to backers of this project. I could also get the supplies necessary (such as a higher quality video camera) to make major progress on a cutout-animation film about my life, called the Forest of Names. I could also afford trying to get large ad-space in publications, like "the stranger" (in seattle).
Special Thanks to Vanessa Capshaw for drawing a portrait of me, which i used as a banner on upthewitchpunx.com. I also used a version of that image for the pre-video image above. Thanks!
Special Thanks to people who have contributed material to past and future issues of the zine, and/or helped me with this kickstarter:
also: Coyote, Spicer, Troll H, Ahna Anomaly. if there are any others i havent thanked, sorry! theres so many of you awesome people, sometimes i lose track.
Risks and challenges
This is my first kickstarter, so I am new to fundraising. Also, I am relatively new to social media, so I have a lot to learn when it comes to promotion and networking. Due to this, I have set a fairly modest goal, which presents its own challenges.
Also, so many people are skeptical when it comes to subcultures today. Many cultural commentators, artists and writers feel that subcultures dont really exist anymore. In attempting to challenge that assumption, I may run into some criticism and skeptical judgements of a project that seems niave. But witchpunk is bigger then me and I have faith that it is a force for good in the world, and through this project...perhaps you can have faith too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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